The family of Scott Hutchison has set-up a mental health charity in memory of the late Frightened Rabbit singer.
The charity, named Tiny Changes, draws inspiration from the Frightened Rabbit song ‘Heads Roll Off’: “While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to Earth”.
It’s a lyric that has since taken on a life of its own since Hutchinson took his own life last May, becoming a mantra for Frightened Rabbit fans spreading positivity in the singer’s memory.
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) May 11, 2018
The charity’s aims have been laid out by Hutchison’s family: “to raise awareness about children and young people’s mental health issues, advance understanding of the root causes of mental ill health and support innovation in the design and delivery of mental health services to children and young people, support and promote initiatives that provide help to children and young people impacted by mental health problems, their families and carers, and provide a voice to children and young people who have been affected by mental health issues to influence mental health policy and practice.”
— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) May 7, 2019
In a statement, his family wrote: “Our beloved brother and son Scott Hutchison was born in Edinburgh in 1981. He took his own life in Queensferry in 2018. In those 36 and a half years, Scott’s impact was far-reaching and felt by many people. Through his music and art, he made many thousands of tiny changes and encouraged other people around the world to do the same. The honesty of his lyrics and openness about his own mental health inspired people in all walks of life. It is a legacy that should be continued and nourished.
“Since his sad death last year, the outpouring of grief from people that knew Scott has been overwhelming. Whether they knew him personally, through his music and art, or through the interviews he gave on deeply personal matters, so many people have been profoundly affected by Scott’s life.
“Mental health, and young people’s mental health, in particular, was a cause close to Scott’s heart. He often spoke openly of his own struggles as an anxious child, even naming his band “Frightened Rabbit” after a nickname given to him by his Mum. Tragically, the weight of his ill health became too great for him to carry as an adult.
“We want to continue the legacy that Scott built. To channel the energy he generated in people all over the world into positive action on mental health among young people and to make tiny changes to Earth.
“The charity has at its heart a passion for changing how young people in Scotland are affected by mental health issues. We want to see a Scotland where young people are listened to when they talk about their mental health. Where young people can access the support they need, when they need it. A country where young people are feeling better, not worse. And where youth mental health issues do not prevent people from fulfilling their potential as adults.”
Last year, Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil joined Frightened Rabbit on stage as part of the Scott Hutchison tribute show in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Songs of Frightened Rabbit saw band members Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Grant Hutchinson perform alongside a series of special guest vocalists.
Kathryn Joseph, Fiskur, and The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham were among those performing Frightened Rabbit’s tracks at the event, which raised money for the Scott Hutchinson Foundation and social enterprise Social Bite, in aid of helping the homeless.